First workshop of the Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Anne Charters (biographer and Kerouac Scholar) tells how Kerouac's books have influenced her and a generation. She goes into detail about his style and the influence he had on her as well as her works. Her main focus is on Kerouac's book On The Road and how the book should be seen as one of the most important American novels. ( 3 reviews )
Author and editor Ann Charters joins Allen Ginsberg for a class focusing on the work and life of Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Ginsberg and Charters discuss Mayakovsky's poetry, including "Lenin," "About this," "On the nature of love," "Sergei Yesinin," and "At the top of my voice," his play "The bedbug," his love affairs and his work for, and complicated relationship with, the Communist Party.
Allen Ginsberg and Ann Charters class discussing and reading from Russian Futurists. Topics include Sergei Esenin's book Confessions of a Hooligan, Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem "A Cloud in trousers," Mayakovsky's biography and prison story, rebellion's relationship to Punk, utopian heroic Communism, linguistic exploration, and Lenin and Trotsky on Russia's $150 million loan. ( 1 reviews )
Allen Ginsberg and Ann Charters class on Jack Kerouac and Russian Futurists, discussing Kerouac's method of revision, his five-cent notebooks, his book Old Angel Midnight, methods of composition, his 1956-1959 notebooks, James Joyce's Molly Bloom and Finnegan's Wake, Buddhist Shakespearean plays, Kerouac's On the Road scroll, Visions of Cody and Dharma Bums, and a short discussion of the Russian Futurists. ( 1 reviews )